District 28 Workshop
INFORMATION FOR EDUCATORS
How Will the Student Benefit from an Alateen Meeting in School?
The disease of alcoholism in a family member or friend affects children and teenagers in many different ways that impact on their behavior and ultimately, their schoolwork. Frequently, students and educators do not realize that a relationship with an alcoholic could be a factor.
Alateen members meet to discuss their common problems, share experience, and encourage one another. They help each other learn effective ways of dealing with their personal problems by using the principles of the Al-Anon/Alateen program. Alateen meetings in schools have been extremely successful in many areas of the U.S. and Canada. Some children and teens don’t have an opportunity to get to a meeting outside of the school environment because of age, time, place, and home-life situations. In addition, public or private transportation may not be available, particularly in rural areas.
Is Alateen a Religious Program?
Alateen is not a religious program. Religion, outside organizations, and counseling are not discussed in the meetings. There is recognition of a “Power greater than ourselves.” The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alateen do contain the word “God” as a universal term for a Higher Power. Al-Anon/Alateen does not require that an opening or closing prayer be said.
Schools can use Alateen literature within other types of meetings. The meeting cannot be identified or registered as an Alateen meeting without an Al-Anon member as a Sponsor.
Information about Al-Anon and Alateen can be presented to schools by means of:
The Alateen Coordinator in your state or area. NY South Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org